Corn Snake Care Sheet (Complete Care Guide for Beginners)

The corn snake is a “red rat snake” from the genus Elaphe guttata guttata. It has recently been regrouped into the classification Pantheropis instead of Elaphe, but in many places is still listed as Elaphe.

It is an easily tamed snake that can be kept alone or in groups, available in a variety of colors and patterns, that grows from 3 to 6 feet in length, but remains slender and light-weighted.

The wide variety of colors available along with its ease of care and friendly personality make it a very popular pet – one of the most popular exotic pets in captivity.

Corn snakes are bred in captivity in huge numbers across the world, and few are now taken from the wild, where they originate in the U.S.A.

Care DifficultyGood for beginner
Average Life SpanUp to 20+ years with proper care
Average Adult Size4 to 6 feet long
Minimum Habitat Size40+ gallons